Dialysis and Pads

I got this inquiry the other day: “i am looking for a dialysis cushion for a chair”  So, in the For What It’s Worth Department, I have used a yoga pad and a gymnastics pad.  Here are my thought about them.

Yoga mat

The Yoga Mat, easy to store and carry but thin

The Yoga pad (on the left) is about 1 inch deep, about 30 inches wide and 40 inches long.  It was pretty adequate for the job and easy to carry because it could be easily folded.  The only problem was that it was not thick enough for me.

I found a gymnastics pad (the blue one below) that is about 2 inches thick, 40 inches wide and 60 inches long.  It exactly fits the chair.  The drawback is that it was actually too thick for me in a new chair at the facility.  It boosted me too high.  And, because it is so thick, it can only be folded into three sections and that makes it less easy to carry.   Also, because it is so long it spans the entire length of the chair and covers the foot pad.  That makes it difficult to push myself back up when I slide down.  However the cheap chairs we use are already breaking down and so I’ll probably be using it again.

Both pads don’t help if you get too warm and start sweating because they are covered in vinyl and so they don’t absorb anything.   A cloth to cover them may resolve that issue.

Gymnastic mat

Gymnastics Mat, thick and comfortable but not easy to carry

My practical choice is to use the gymnastics mat over the yoga mat because it fits so perfectly and is really comfortable.

Before you buy anything, measure the chair you are using.  You don’t want a mat that’s too large and you don’t want one too small.  But one smaller than the chair is better than too large. The mat should fit inside the chair and be long enough to span the back and seat of the chair.  Get as close as you can to the dimensions of the chair you use.  Let me know what you do so others can learn, too.

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About DevonTexas

I am a person with ESRD (End Stage Renal Disease) which means my kidneys don't work. Forty or so years ago that would have been a death sentence but today there is Dialysis which means I can be hooked up to a machine that will clean my blood as the kidneys should. Three days a week, I go to a center and have too very large needles stuck in my arm to remove and replace my blood as it passes through a process where it's cleaned and the fluid is removed, a process taking a little over four hours each time. I want to advance knowledge about dialysis so that other patients can learn from my experience and mistakes. We shouldn't have to reinvent the wheel, eh? There is so much to be learned and experienced about our predicament. There are vast resources available to support us and enrich our lives but many patients don't know about them. There are also many issues that we have to deal with whether we want to or not. So I blog about them. All comments are confidential until I approve them. If you don't want your comment public, let me know and I will respect that. So, feel free to leave a comment. Enjoy.
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One Response to Dialysis and Pads

  1. ellen cassidy says:

    Thank you for the helpful information that you provide and for your courage in continuing to look for a better way of doing things.

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